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May 23, 2009


I see that the welfare queens have upgraded from standard Caddies to limos. Reagan would be rolling over in his grave if he wasn't being dug up at every opportunity by DC.

If people didn't enjoy wallowing in other's misery we would never have reality television.

This reminds me of a sign I saw while driving through New Orleans' lower ninth ward a couple years ago, pictured here.

I was by myself, stopped and gave them a what I could. But until I went there myself, I didn't know there were bus tours going though the lower ninth. And when I heard of them, I thought to myself "Are you fucking kidding me?" I mean, it's an American tragedy that, personally, I think everybody should see if they can. To learn what happens when the government fails you. But to have bus tours of the lower ninth which contributed nothing to the resident's there was astonishingly rude.

In Rio De Janeiro there are several companies that offer tours of the favelas - the large urban slums built into the hills. Drivers load tourists into Humvees and roam through the neighborhoods of the urban poor snapping photos to see how the other half lives. I couldn't do it when I was there - it just seemed wrong.

Granted, the above "sign of the times" is , well, tasteless. However, when used for better purpose, the limousine industry is respectable and can fulfill transportation needs in grace and class.

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